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yesterday, the debt ceiling essentially must not be used as a weapon. it essentially takes on an is the basic full faith and credit of the united states of america. the president has made so clear what would be at stake if that were to happen. i just believe that it is so critical that that not occurred. you know, i have been through these battles for many decades. i don't remember anyone essentially saying we should go over the cliff. the consequences would be, i think, shamanic and potentially cataclysmic. for the republicans that say let's do it, i think i would be a mistake with foreseeable consequences. the federal reserve has said the responsible physician is we should not forget. >> the president says he's not going to talk about the debt ceiling, speaker boehner said it can be done unless we cut spending at the same time. what are the odds of avoiding going over the fiscal cliff given where both parties are. >> they are going with the american economy and the global economy. closer you get to the fiscal cliff, i think the less likely it is that the u.s. will be funded over and.
department is temporarily tapping government workers' retirement funds to avoid hitting the debt ceiling. treasury said the move would give it $156 billion in additional spending capacity and insist that retirees will receive benefits. in a letter to john boehner, treasury secretary tim geithner said the step has been taken before during previous impasses over the debt limit. several republican lawmakers are set to direct treasury to prioritize which bills to pay if congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling. let's get you a check on the markets. futures are lower as we get big earnings this morning from jp morgan and goldman sachs. we have jpmorgan lower whereas goldman sachs is higher. stocks advanced yesterday with the dow extending the winning streak to five days and the s&p 500 hitting a five-year high. we get data out on consumer prices, industrial production and housing. watch out for that. back to you. >> seema, thank you very much. it's 5:17. as you know, facebook yesterday announced the new search. we'll look at what it can do in a bit. >> we look forward to that, thanks. >> 5:17 now. chris
. earlier, we said that as we do with the debt ceiling once again we're going as more of a debt popple. this higher interest rate proposal would be devastating for the economy. >> and how about ball mark? >> yes, they have pledged to hire 100,000 veterans that are returning from the war over the next five years. and a job is a job, let us just remember that even if is a transition jobs. soldiers are known for their commitment, sacrifice. wal- mart believes that the leadership to want to be seen as a blue-chip company. >> thank you, rob. and now, coca-cola we all know that obesity is a huge health problem in the u.s. and now - the people at coca-cola seem to be joining the fight against calories. but many wonder if this is really just an example of good marketing. felicia taylor has the story. pay attention to the man walking away from the camera. let's stop the video right here now the question is will the postal truck do the right panel also, coca-cola still seeing increases with their non-cola items. the company is already getting cal ripken to the front of their labels. felicia taylor. >>
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